Speaker Biographies


François Béland is a healthcare researcher at the Jewish General Hospital Lady Davis Institute. He has been working for almost 30 years in the fields of social gerontology, the use and costs of social services and healthcare, and program evolution. He is currently a full professor within the Department of Health Administration at the Université de Montréal Faculty of Medicine and an adjunct professor within the Department of Geriatric Medicine at the McGill University Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Béland is co-director of the McGill University–Université de Montréal Research Group on Frailty and Aging (SOLIDAGE). He is also a member of the Université de Montréal Public Health Research Institute (IRSPUM). He is currently the senior editor for Politiques de santé. He has gained expertise in the analysis of public health expenditures and taken part in public debates on the future of healthcare funding.

Helen Bevan is Chief of Service Transformation at the Institute for Innovation and Improvement of the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS). This organization supports the 1.3 million staff of the NHS in their efforts to accelerate the delivery of world-class healthcare by encouraging innovation and developing capability on the front line of patient care.

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Bevan has led change initiatives at the local and national levels, leading to better service for millions of patients. Her current role is to keep NHS improvement knowledge fresh, relevant and effective. In 2008, the 60th anniversary of the NHS, Dr. Bevan was named one of the 60 most influential people in the history of the NHS.

Dr. Bevan is currently leading efforts across the NHS to mobilize and organize staff and service users to deliver cost and quality improvements.

David C. Goodman is a professor of pediatrics and of health policy at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in New Hampshire. Dr. Goodman’s primary research interest is the variation of health workforce supply and its relation to health outcomes. He has led numerous studies on variation in the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare. His research papers and editorials have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs, Pediatrics, and The New York Times. Dr. Goodman is one of the founding investigators of The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care.

Dr. Goodman received his medical degree from the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center and his master’s degree in medical care epidemiology from Dartmouth College. After joining the Dartmouth College faculty in 1988, he undertook allergy and clinical immunology training. He recently stepped down as chief of the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Section, a position he held for a number of years.

Dianne Doyle was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Providence Health Care based in Vancouver, B.C. in 2006. Ms. Doyle brings more than 20 years of senior executive experience in healthcare and over 25 years directly at Providence Health Care. Before taking on this new role, Ms. Doyle was Vice-President of Clinical Programs at Providence Health Care.

Ms. Doyle is recognized as a champion of Catholic healthcare provincially and nationally. She is the immediate past Chair of the Catholic Health Association of Canada, Vice Chair of the Catholic Health Association of B.C. and Chair of the Denominational Health Association of B.C. Ms. Doyle was also the inaugural Chair of the B.C. Health Care Leaders Association, subsequently serving as a board member for several years.

Ms. Doyle has a BSN from the University of Ottawa and an MSN from the University of British Columbia. Her health leadership credentials include a CHA in Health Services Management, a CHE Certification from CCHSE, and Fellowship in CCHSE. In 2007 and 2008, the Toronto-based Women’s Executive Network named Ms. Doyle as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the Public Sector.

Dr. Adam Elshaug is a 2010–2011 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow based in Washington, D.C., in the U.S. A senior research fellow of the University of Adelaide, Australia, Dr. Elshaug has focused his research in the area of disinvestment; evidentiary, clinical and policy barriers to reform and implementation. Dr. Elshaug collaborates and consults with government health agencies (federal and provincial) in Australia and internationally (Spain, U.K., U.S., Canada) to advance policy reform in this area. He is currently working with the Australian government to design and implement a formal disinvestment policy agenda within Medicare.

Dr. Elshaug has numerous peer-reviewed publications and reports in this area, is the chief investigator on two large disinvestment research grants, and addresses conference attendees as well as government, academic, insurance and health technology assessment groups internationally.

Sarah Garner, PhD, BPharm, is a 2010–11 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in healthcare policy and practice. During her year in the U.S., Dr. Garner’s research will focus on low-value medical interventions in the context of value-based insurance design. She has been co-ordinating this work in her role as Associate Director for Research and Development at National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Dr. Garner is a pharmacist specialising in Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and has provided technical advice to NICE since 2000. Her main responsibilities are NICE’s methodological research and policy development, the clinical research agenda, NICE’s Citizens Council and the NICE Fellows and Scholars program.

Dr. Garner is an editor for the Cochrane Skin Group and was previously the lead pharmacist for the U.K. Department of Health’s Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance.

Dennis Kendel is the registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan and serves on the board of directors of the Health Quality Council of Saskatchewan, the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation and the Executive Board of the Medical Council of Canada.

Previously, Dr. Kendel was the president of the Saskatchewan Medical Association, the Medical Council of Canada and the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada and the board chair of the Saskatchewan Blue Cross.

Dr. Kendel was a founding member of the Canadian Society of Physician Executives (CSPE) and has helped other physicians develop leadership and management skills. In 2010, he received the Chris Carruthers Award from the CSPE for his commitment to physician leadership development. Dr. Kendel has a keen interest in continuous quality improvement in healthcare and encourages physicians to become actively involved in interdisciplinary approaches to healthcare quality improvement.

Les Levin is the senior medical, scientific and health technology advisor to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) in Ontario and the head of the Medical Advisory Secretariat (MAS). In this capacity, Dr. Levin provides leadership for evidence-based assessment relating to all health technologies including equipment, devices, medical and surgical interventions, and health systems. In these initiatives, Dr. Levin works closely with the leadership of the Academic Health Science Centres, academia and industry. He was instrumental in creating the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee (OHTAC), which advises the MOHLTC on the adoption of all non-drug health technologies. He was a member of the Canadian Task Force on Health Technology.

Dr. Levin initiated the Cancer Care Ontario evidence-based cancer guidelines initiative as Vice-President of Cancer Care Ontario, and was instrumental in creating a unique evidence-based provincial cancer drug program. Dr. Levin has advised governments and funding agencies on evidence-based policy-making in Canada, the U.S., Scotland and Australia. Dr. Levin is a professor in the department of medicine at the University of Toronto and is a senior consultant in medical oncology at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

 Deb Matthews The Honourable Deb Matthews was elected to the Ontario Legislature by the people of London North Centre in 2003, and re-elected in 2007. Following her re-election, she was appointed Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues. In October 2009 she was appointed to her current position as Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

As Minister of Health, she led a major initiative to significantly reduce the cost of prescription generic drugs for Ontarians. As well, she spearheaded the unanimous passage of the Excellent Care for All Act (ECFA).

Kimberlyn McGrail is an assistant professor in the School of Population and Public Health, an associate director of the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Health Services and Policy Research and a senior researcher with Statistics Canada. Her current research interests are: variations in healthcare services use; understanding healthcare as a determinant of health; comparative health policy; and the development of health information and technology to iimprove evidence and practice. She has conducted collaborative research with provincial and national agencies including the British Columbia Ministry of Health Services, the Canadian Institute for Health Information and the Health Council of Canada. Dr. McGrail earned her PhD from the University of British Columbia and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Statistics Canada. She has a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan. 
André Picard is one of Canada’s top public policy writers. He is the public health reporter at The Globe and Mail and author of the best-selling books: CRITICAL CARE: Canadian Nurses Speak for Change; and THE GIFT OF DEATH: Confronting Canada’s Tainted Blood Tragedy. He is also the author of A CALL TO ALMS: The New Face of Charity in Canada.

Mr. Picard has received much acclaim for his writing, including the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism, the Canadian Policy Research Award and the Atkinson Fellowship for Public Policy Research. In 2002, he received the Centennial Prize of the Pan-American Health Organization as the top public health reporter in the Americas. In 2005, he was named Canada’s first Public Health Hero by the Canadian Public Health Association, and in 2007, was awarded a National Newspaper Award for his contribution to a series about cancer care in Canada.

He is a former member of the advisory committees of the Canadian Institute for Child Health, Active Healthy Kids Canada, Centraide/United Way Montréal, and the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Denis-Richard Roy was appointed President and CEO of the Hôpital régional de Sudbury Regional Hospital (HRSRH) in January 2010. Dr. Roy is an internationally recognized leader and physician specializing in nephrology. He was CEO of the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) from 2002 to 2008. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Roy has held numerous leadership positions with the McGill University Health Centre, Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal Thoracic Institute and the Centre hospitalier régional de l’Outaouais, and was most recently Consulting Manager at CHUM.

Dr. Roy holds a master’s in business administration and his post-doctoral education includes an MRC research fellowship in renal physiology from Stanford University in the U.S. He has been a member of several provincial, national and international boards including the Association of Canadian Academic Hospitals, the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation, the Medical Research Council of Canada, the National Steering Committee on Prevention of Accidents in Health Care Delivery, and the Nice-Harvard Organizing Committee. He also served as vice-chair of the founding board for the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. In 2008, he was asked to assist the State of Uttar Pradesh (India) in their planning for specialized hospitals.

Robert Salois was appointed Quebec’s Health and Welfare Commissioner in August 2006, after a distinguished career in dentistry. He was the president of the Order of Dentists of Quebec for 12 years. He is also a founding member, and more recently vice-president, of the Canadian Dental Regulatory Authorities Federation. Dr. Salois has been an examiner of the National Dental Examining Board of Canada since 1982. In 2006, he received the Canadian Dental Association’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition of outstanding service to dentistry.

Dr. Salois has practiced dentistry for over 35 years, first with the Canadian Armed Forces, then through private practice in Quebec City. He has taught at the University of Montreal since 1979. Dr. Salois has been honoured with awards from the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the American College of Dentists.

Dr. Salois has an interest in the organization of the health and social services system, and the appropriate use of new technologies in service delivery.

Shirlee Sharkey is president and CEO of Saint Elizabeth Health Care (SEHC), a leader and innovator in the delivery of home and community care. SEHC employs more than 4,000 staff and receives 3.8 million visits annually.

Ms. Sharkey is also CEO of Community Rehab, which joined the Saint Elizabeth Health Care family in 2008 and continues to operate as an independent, interdisciplinary, home healthcare organization.

Ms. Sharkey is a past chair of George Brown College in Toronto, a former president of the Canadian Home Care Association, chair of the World Homecare and Hospice Organization, past president of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) and, in 2007, was appointed by Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to act as an expert advisor on staffing and care standards for long-term care homes in Ontario.

Ms. Sharkey is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, working with the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and the Faculty of Medicine. Also the recipient of numerous awards, she was most recently recognized with the Innovation Award for Health Care Leadership from the Canadian College of Health Leaders, in 2010.

Terrence Sullivan is the former President and CEO of Cancer Care Ontario. He joined the provincial cancer agency in 2001 and occupied successively more responsible positions in preventive oncology/research. From 1993 to 2001, Dr. Sullivan held the position of president of the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), a private not-for-profit institute affiliated with the University of Toronto, which he developed into North America’s leading research centre on workrelated injury. Dr. Sullivan has held senior roles in the Ontario ministries of health and intergovernmental affairs and in Ontario’s Cabinet Office.

He served two successive first ministers of Ontario as executive director of the Premier’s Council on Health Strategy, including a period of time as Deputy Minister. Dr. Sullivan is an active behavioural scientist with research and practice interests in cancer prevention and health-system performance. He holds faculty appointments in the departments of health policy, management and evaluation and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Among his voluntary commitments, he is vice-chair of the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion and he chairs the Performance Committee of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. He is also the incoming independent chair of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH).

Thérèse Stukel is a biostatistician focusing on health services and health policy research. She was statistical director of the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care from 1995 to 2003 and co-authored two influential publications on the U.S. healthcare system demonstrating that higher healthcare spending did not lead to better outcomes. She is currently replicating this study in Canada.

Her current research interests are in the analyses of observational studies, and the effects of health system resources and organization on delivery of care and outcomes in Canada and the U.S., including international comparative studies. With the support of a national team grant, she is creating virtual physician-hospital networks in Ontario and evaluating their performance in managing patients with chronic disease.

She has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles in medical and statistical journals. She was nominated Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2007.

Jeffrey Turnbull is currently president of the Canadian Medical Association. He practices internal medicine at The Ottawa Hospital and at several shelters associated with Ottawa Inner City Health. He started his post-residency career at the University of Western Ontario, after which he was recruited to the University of Ottawa in 1991 and served as Vice-Dean of Medical Education. Dr. Turnbull was also a key figure in the Educating Future Physicians for Ontario Project, and served as president of the Medical Council of Canada. In 2001, he was appointed chair of the department of medicine, a position he held until 2008 when he became chief of staff at The Ottawa Hospital.

For his many contributions, Dr. Turnbull received the Order of Canada in 2007. He was also recognized as the Physician of the Year by the Academy of Medicine of Ottawa in 2008. Dr. Turnbull received the CMAE–Ian Hart Award for Distinguished Contribution to Medical Education in 2007, the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship in 2006 and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Mentor of the Year award in 2003.